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LOCATION: Unitarian Universalist Church, 2810 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL
MAY 10
AT: Katahdin and the 100-Mile Wilderness with Joseph Barnett
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Submitted by Dawn Brown

            As many of you would guess the number of volunteer hours logged for this reporting year was not nearly as high as usual.  COVID restrictions were in effect for the entire period so many activities were not held.  The total hours logged this year was 1186.  Although this is still an impressive number of hours (just under 30 full time work weeks), but it is not nearly what we usually log collectively as a chapter.

            In spite of the COVID restrictions, however, there were a few bright spots in the records.  A total of 47 people logged some hours.  Seventeen people logged hours for the first time ever.

            If we look at the hours logged by individuals we have our usual superstars.  Our chapter thanks them.  Without their contributions it would be very difficult to keep our chapter running, but everyone’s efforts are appreciated.  The breakdown of hours into categories is as follows:

< 100                2 people
100-75              2 people
75-50                4 people
50-30                9 people
30-10                13 people
> 10                  17 people

LAST CHANCE!  Though the IDIDAHIKE was held in February - we are taking orders one last time for those who want to order this great shirt!  Please email Andrea by WED MAY 18 if you are interested in purchasing and provide her with the following information: 

1. SIZE------ S M L XL 2XL
2. STYLE--- Women' or Men's
3. SLEEVE LENGTH ----Long or Short sleeve
(The Woman's long sleeve has a V neck)

4. Your mailing address and phone number

Both Long or Short Sleeve Price: $17.00

For those who do not live locally there will also be mailing costs. The cost will be between $6 and $9. If you are ordering more than one shirt she suggests Priority flat rate which is $8.95 and includes the envelope. She can get more than one shirt in the Priority packaging.

We do not have a means to accept credit card payment.  We are asking that you send her a check (Payable to Andrea Fenn) for the amount of the shirt and the postage once you have received your item(s). She will then cash the check, reimburse herself for the postage and send the remainder to the Apalachee Chapter.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea by phone or email (603) 785-0021 / email:  The order will be placed the following day and should be delivered within 2-3 weeks.
Leon Sinks Geological Area

The Leon Sinks Geological Area on Crawfordville Road has been closed since Hurricane Michael.  They are almost through with their repairs and are preparing to reopen in the near future.  In preparation for their reopening, they have asked us for assistance in doing some maintenance on their 5+ miles of hiking trails.

They have scheduled a workday on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 8:30 am until around noon.  Mike Tucker, Howard Hayes, and Elwood McElhaney walked the trails with the US Forestry Service representative on April 21 to assess the needs and provide recommendations.  They are looking for about 6 experienced trail maintainers to lead crews of volunteers to blaze, lop, and otherwise clean up their trails.  The work will primarily entail the repainting of blazes.  

This is an opportunity for a private tour of some very pretty land while helping out one of our partners-in-need.  If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Elwood McElhaney (, 850-878-4389).

In April the FTA Board, working under revised bylaws, elected new officers.  The new President, is Bill Turman from the Central Florida Chapter. Bill is an experienced hiker and FTA leader, with outstanding experience as Chair of his Chapter for many years.  Other officers and directors of the Board can be read about at
All-Terrain Mobility Trail Adventure in St. Marks

In early April, the Florida Trail Association partnered with Sportsability Alliance for a day of guided excursions in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge using EcoRovers, the exciting new all-terrain mobility device.

Volunteers and staff from FTA and Sportsability Alliance led several outings along the scenic levees with perfect springtime weather.

Sportsability Alliance is an organization dedicated to enriching lives through accessible, inclusive recreation and active leisure. FTA is happy to partner with a group that supports outdoor adventure for people of all abilities. We look forward to partnering with Sportsability Alliance for more events in the future!

Please read the GUIDELINES FOR OUTING PARTICIPANTS before signing up for an activity. This will make for a better outing experience.IMPORTANT: New COVID guidelines from our state office require that in order to participate in any Florida Trail Association activity or event, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to attending the event. Individuals who wish to participate in an FTA event will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk form on the day of the event attesting to their compliance with these requirements. COVID Resources.


May 1,  8:30 AM - Stroll & Sweat Sunday Morning Urban Walks: Lake Overstreet - Forest Meadows Trailhead - FTA Members Only. Fee to access state park is $2 or free with your state park pass. Many blisters ago we started weekly urban walks - Come at 8:30 am and be ready to hike the approx 5-mile loop trail at 8:40 AM sharp. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated.  We will attempt to maintain a steady pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph. Location: Forestmeadows Parks & Athletic Center (4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312). Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, ( or Andrea Fenn (603) 785-0021, -

May 2,9,16,23  5:15 PM - A Walk in the Woods: Lafayette Heritage Trail Park (Piney Z) -  A Walk in the Woods is beneficial to one's mental and physical health, particularly at the end the day. Join us in a moderate to strenuous walk through the woods (typically 3 to 4 miles/hour). This may be the trail to Tom Brown Park and back (approx. 4.0 miles), or the trail to Alford Greenway, Bill’s Trail and back (approx. 3.7 miles). We rest for a few minutes at the midway point. Dogs on a leash are welcome. **Meet:** At 5:15 near the restrooms. We start the hike at 5:30 pm sharp. **Bring: Expect heat, bring water. Wear shoes appropriate for rough trails. Bug repellent may be needed.  **Contact:** Howard 850-566-9613. -

May 4,11,25  9:15 AM - Heart and Sole Urban Walk: Miccosukee Greenway - Come at 9:15 am and be ready to hike a 4-6 mile loop (2 -3 miles in and back) at 9:30 AM sharp. Bring snack if needed, water and hat and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. Bring a chair/beverage for post hike cool down and visitation. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mph. Location: Miccosukee Greenway, Crump Road Trailhead (4996 Crump Rd, Tallahassee) YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY ON MEETUP.COM TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, - 

May 8,  8:00 AM - TRAIL MAINTENANCE - We will be maintaining the Florida Trail in the western section, usually between the Ocholocknee River and the Apalachicola River.All tools and safety equipment will be provided, however if you have special tools of your own, feel free to bring them. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes and prepare to work in water at times. Bring lunch, snacks, bug repellent and sunscreen and plenty of water. All skill levels are welcome. Work involves blaze painting, lopping and mowing. We usually work 4 to 5 hours, depending on weather conditions. Should return to town early afternoon. Contact: Mike Tucker, (, 850-545-3489**You must contact the trip leader for meeting place and time.** - 

May 10,  6:30 PM – CHAPTER MEETING/PROGRAM **IN-PERSON** Doors will open for meet and greet at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00. Look for the FTA Event signs along Meridian. The highlight of this section of the Appalachian Trail was of course Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain, towering high above a forever sea of trees and ponds and no visible roads -  

May 14, 8:30 AM - TRAIL MAINTENANCE: Leon Sinks Geological Area. please contact Elwood McElhaney (, 850-878-4389).

May 15,  8:15 AM - Stroll & Sweat Sunday Morning Urban Walks: Lake Overstreet - Forest Meadows Trailhead - FTA Members Only. Fee to access state park is $2 or free with your state park pass. Come at 8:15 am and be ready to hike the approx 5-mile loop trail at 8:30 AM sharp. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes. Come hydrated. Bring a chair for post hike cool down and visitation with your new sweaty friends! We will attempt to maintain a steady pace of 3.0 - 3.5 mp h. Location: Forestmeadows Parks & Athletic Center (4750 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312). Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103, ( -  

May 18, 8:00 AM - May 18 - May 23 Backpacking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). FL Trail Members Only. (NP/M-S) Backpack the Hazel Creek Trail. The hike will head south on the Appalachian Trail starting at Newfound Gap, then take the Hazel Creek Trail to the old mill town of Proctor, and finish on the Lakeshore Trail to Fontana Dam (approx. 40 miles). Hike through historic home sites and one of the largest cemeteries in the GSMNP. Explore the remains of the Ritter Lumber Mill, one of the few remaining structures of the old mill town of Proctor. Walk alongside beautiful waterways and among stately poplar trees and rhododendrons. A planning meeting will be held with participants to discuss details, travel and transportation. Must have your own equipment. Contact John Laney (850) 879-0168 or Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 - 



CHAIR:  Elwood McElhaney
VICE-CHAIR:   Dawn Griffin
TREASURER: James Kimbrel
ACTIVITIES: Shellie Johnson
MEMBERSHIP:  Debbie Grant
PROGRAMS: Howard Pardue
TRAILS: Kent Wimmer 


FNST: ANF WEST -  Al Ingle (850) 509-1162
FNST: ANF EAST -  Richard Graham (850) 878-3616
FNST: ST. MARKS - Dale Allen (850) 656-8050
FNST: AUCILLA  -   Need Volunteer(s)
FT. BRADEN TRACT -   Howard Pardue (850) 386-1494
ELINOR KLAPP-PHIPPS PARK - Dawn Brown (850) 668-0091
TORREYA STATE PARK - Need Volunteer(s)



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